Easter Fun, Sun & Sand

The proposed training programme was intended to attract as many young athletes and be as family friendly as possible. On Good Friday we commenced locally at Ashton Court. Despite the cold and dark clouds, the weather was reasonably kind and going was good to soft around the outside of the golf course. A combination of one minute and two minute efforts kept everyone working hard. Rhys Park inspired many of the younger lads, running so far ahead that he could only just hear the whistle. We virtually took over the newly refurbished café and over coffee and bacon rolls we discussed the proposed challenges for the next day at Merthyr Mawr, the infamous sand dunes in South Wales.

The weather on Saturday could not have been better and everyone managed to find their way down the country lane to the car-park and the burger van. A 10 minute planned warm-up was rather extended as Dave and Jonathan became distracted and slightly disorientated in the extensive dunes complex! The session itself involved running up and down the soft sand of the “big dipper” for 10 secs at a time, building up to 45 secs for the older athletes. Lots of recovery was required between the sets. The finale was who could run to the top without stopping. I think Matt just about got there first, with Sam close on his heels.

After a picnic lunch we moved round the coast to Ogmore on Sea. All the lads & dads had a great game of cricket while I dished out the cake to the rest of the parents. The journey back to Bristol was very quiet as the athletes very soon fell asleep!

Easter Monday training was a steady 35 minute run around the Downs to the handful of athletes still able to run. We bumped into Pat from Westbury training her girls squad, and we all ended up sunning ourselves outside the café having a chat.

Despite the huge differences in age and ability of the athletes, everybody who turned-up at the sessions were able to train at their own level. Some of the parents joined in and others showed support by bringing along the whole family, Saturday being particularly popular for a day out.

Simon Conway and his athletes made a big effort, travelling some distance to be with us on two of the days. I would like to thank Simon for his input regarding the sand dune session and Dave Bedwell for masterminding the overall training. Finally thank you to the athletes and parents for supporting this Bristol & West AC coaching initiative.

See you all next year?? Feedback & Ideas for 2010 gratefully received.
Kind regards Alison Hurford
April 2009